Ever-dependable IZIPHO RECORDS have just released two new 45s aimed directly at discerning collectors and soul connoisseurs.
The first of the 7” features two tracks written and produced by soul all rounder RON FOSTER. The putative A side is credited to RONFO & KINDRED SPRITS ORCHESTRA Feat. SANDI EVERETT of WHIRLWIND (Ronfo, of course, is Foster) and their offering is a delightful modern soul groove, ‘Don’t Let Him Get The Best Of You’ . The song originally surfaced in 1975, credited to Whirlwind but Foster clearly loved the song, so re-cut it with an “orchestra” and brought Whirlwind’s Sandi Everett to sort the vocal again. It’s obvious from her soulful attack that her roots are in gospel; indeed she’s the daughter of a righteous Baptist preacher!
The disc’s supposed B side is ‘Let’s Play Luck’ and is credited to LEE McDONALD, though Foster is, again, writer and producer. This track first appeared on the singer’s 1981 Debbie label ‘Sweet Magic’ LP. McDonald also worked as “Cleveland Parker” and sang with the Village Soul Choir too. His Let’s Play Luck’ is a big, brash beater and again it’s obvious that Lee has a gospel background!
And speaking of gospel, the second new Izipho 45 proffers some proper gospel magic from a wonderful, committed singer, BISHOP NORMAN HUTCHINS. Hutchins hails from Delaware and has released eleven or so albums. The Izipho release pairs ‘I Really Love You’ with ‘Blessing With My Name On It’. The former comes from a 2006 album while the latter was on an album four years earlier. ‘I Really Love You’ is the real grabber here. It’s everything modern gospel is meant to be – uplifting, joyful, rapturous and anthemic and though the message declares love for the Lord, the song could just as easily reference a secular relationship. It’s a stunning piece of work and recalls prime time Sounds of Blackness.